Volkswagen Up! based EV due in 2013

Wolfsburg, Germany: There's been a lot of speculation surrounding a possible plug in electric vehicle from Volkswagen. Now I can confirm the official plans as they stand today. According to Volkswagen development boss, Ulrich Hackenberg, the German car maker will begin selling a compact urban based electric vehicle based on a modified platform structure from its New Small Family (otherwise known as the Up!) range of small cars from 2013. Hackenberg. who is busy at the moment preparing for a run in the Nurburgring 24 hour race later this month, says the new electric vehicle is conceived to be sold under different brands, including Audi, which is keen to use it to counter BMW's much talked about MCV (Mega City Vehicle), which will be offered as a plug in electric version in a time frame, BMW R&D boss Klaus Draeger, puts between 2011 and 2015.

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